Why do cats struggle to see objects close up?

This article first appeared on iCatCare on the 21st of February 2023

Cats, like all predators, have forward-facing eyes and binocular vision. Binocular vision means that each eye produces its own image, which are then combined within the brain to create a 3D image. This is the same for us humans too!

You may have noticed though, that a cat may struggle to find a toy or locate a treat right under its nose and wondered why? Well, unlike us humans, their eyes can form a clear image of an object approximately 25cm away but are unable to focus on objects closer than this (with an optimal range of 2-6 metres away from them). This, along with a wider field of vision than the human eye and other unique adaptations, helps cats to spot prey in their surrounding environment.

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